Tomes Bookstore, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley, CA
Sponsored by Nevada County Move to Amend
December 3 is the Global Day of Action against Toxic Trade Agreements. There will be actions in countries around the world, including a Sacramento Action planned by organizers from Nevada County. That evening at 6:30, Sharon Delgado and Emanuel Sferios will speak at Tomes Bookstore on "Toxic Trade Agreements, Corporate Globalization, and the Movement for Global Justice." Tomes is at 671 Maltmann, in Grass Valley.
People working on various peace, justice, and environmental issues need to know how global trade rules impact their areas of concern. This introductory presentation and conversation is geared toward people who want to better understand toxic trade agreements such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the larger project of global corporate rule, and peoples' movements to transform the global system through participatory democracy.
Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United grant and extend civil rights to corporations and allow them to dominate culture, economics and government in the United States. The World Trade Organization and so-called "free trade agreements" such as NAFTA and the proposed TPP extend the power of corporations on a transnational and global scale. They allow corporations to write the rules for governments to follow, not just about trade but in matters of domestic law.
Emanuel Sferios and Sharon Delgado have been involved with issues of corporate globalization and with the movement for global justice for many years. They will provide an overview of the ideology and rationale for the corporate takeover of democracy, show whom it benefits, and give examples of how it harms individuals, the human and earth community, and future generations. They will explain how the TPP constitutes a "corporate coup" by extending corporate authority over every area of life, and about the growing movement to oppose fast track and to "flush the TPP."
This is an initial presentation and conversation, designed to get us talking about what we might want to do locally to highlight this issue and link it to the other work we are doing. It is being sponsored by Nevada County Move to Amend.
Group Start Meeting for Nevada County Citizens Climate Lobby
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley
This "group start" meeting will launch a local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. It was initially scheduled for December 7, but has been rescheduled due to an expected snow storm. The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 10am to 12 noon at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Carol Kuczora, the convener of the lobbying group of Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, will host this event. Citizens Climate Lobby is a remarkably well-organized group of people-powered lobbyists who can help us organize around the country to promote policies with the potential of stabilizing the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more at Citizens Climate Lobby website.
Four More Arrests of Anti-Drone Protesters at Beale
On Tuesday, November 26, four more people were arrested while nonviolently protesting drone warfare. Flora Rogers, Mike Kerr, MacGregor Eddy, and Shirley Osgood were attempting to deliver a letter to Colonel Phillip A. Stewart, the base commander, demanding a halt to Beale's participation in the U.S. drone warfare program. Beale is home of Global Hawk Drones, surveillance drones that assist in finding targets for drones that carry weapons to targets half a world away.
Go to Sharon Delgado's blog to find out about November arrests and ongoing issues related to Beale. To find out about the monthly anti-drone vigils at Beale, go to Occupy Beale AFB. The next one will be December 16 and 17.
The Altar Show
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Earth Justice Ministries worked on two altars for this year's Alter Show, which was held in November. We worked with Radical Art for These Times (RAFTT) to create an altar in memory of children who have died from U.S. drone attacks. The altar included the locally-created panels that have been displayed at rallies, with drawings of children killed by drones, including their names, ages, and the country where they lived.
Earth Justice Ministries Board Member Don Baldwin created an altar in honor of bees, highlighting the importance of saving them. As creatures of God, they are intrinsically valuable, and reflect the wisdom and grace of God. As pollinators, they are also absolutely necessary to humans, other animals and plants, and to the whole interconnected web of life.
Move to Amend General Meeting
December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tomes Bookstore, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters
National Move to Amend spokeperson David Cobb spoke at Banner Grange on November 11, 2013 to a large and enthusiastic audience. The goal of the coalition is to raise awareness and build momentum toward passing a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood and declare that money is not speech. See the "We the People Amendment" here.
Nevada County Move to Amend meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Tomes Bookstore (Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters) on Maltmann Drive in Grass Valley. The next meeting will be December 10. Come early at 6 for a Facilitators Training and Review. To stay informed about what's going on with Move to Amend in Nevada County, check out the Nevada County Move to Amend website. "Like" and "Share" our Nevada County Move to Amend FaceBook Page. Earth Justice Ministries is one of the founding organizations of the Nevada County chapter of Move to Amend.
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition
Next General Meeting
January 14, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley
Save the date for the next general meeting of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. At the November meeting, we formed several small groups to focus on different aspects of the work to educate, lobby, and otherwise engage in the work of preventing runaway climate change and ensuring a livable future. These include groups that will focus on: lobbying, education, nonviolent direct action, resiliency and local self-reliance, interfaith cooperation on issues related to climate change, radical art, communication, working with 350.org, etc. Like the NC-CCC FaceBook Page to get updated information about these groups and about the coalition itself.
Earth Justice Ministries, Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Economy, the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains are local groups that are helping facilitate the establishment of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition.
"The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly"
A Spiritual Growth Group for Women with Sharon Delgado
December 1: "Answering the Call: Living Each Day with God"
Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street, Nevada City
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly" invites participants to grow spiritually and develop a deeper faith through reflection, sharing, and experiential learning. Contact Sharon for more information or to pre-register.
New Educational CD by Sharon Delgado
"Climate Change: What do we know? What can we do?"
Recorded by Sun Sound Studios, Grass Valley, California.
This CD is available at Tomes Bookstore, through the Nevada County Library System, or online from Amazon.com. In this educational CD, Sharon Delgado explains in simple terms what scientists are telling us about climate change, explores the scientific consensus and controversy, and suggest effective ways to respond to the challenges of climate change in personal, communal, and systemic ways. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, the link between rising levels of atmospheric CO2 and global warming, extreme weather as a feature of our changing climate, scientific agreement and debate, the effects of industry lobbyists on climate policy, reducing fossil fuel emissions and stabilizing the climate, and changing the system that produces climate change.
On November 2, Earth Justice Ministries' Executive Director Sharon Delgado received the Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest educational award in Toastmasters, an organization that equips its members to be proficient speakers and leaders. Sharon, a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, gives presentations to faith communities and secular audiences on climate change, economic and environmental justice, peacemaking, and corporate globalization, while pointing in the direction of hope and action. Find out more at presentations by Sharon Delgado, or contact Sharon directly to schedule a presentation.